Green Bullet Triple IPA - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Playing semantics, Green Flash's highly hopped Green Bullet clocks in at 10% abv.- putting it well within "imperial" ranges, however there's little about the beer that says its much more potent than a normally strong Imperial IPA. Its slightly elevated alcohol ensures that the taste of ethanol will make a mark on its flavor profile.
The strong IPA opens with a bright copper color and hardly a smidgen of haze. Its near-clarity displays an exuberent carbonated array en route to building a sturdy froth of great retention and concentric lace.
One whiff brings about a burst of fruity hop character. Vibrant grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, lemon peels, melon and juniper. Complementary hop note reside closely behind with earthy chives, fresh-cut grass and sawn pine. With only enough thin malt support, its short honey and caramel notes simply support the hops and give them a lift but without distracting from the hoppy showcase.
Green Bullet's taste starts more sweeter than hoppy as the light caramel taste buffers the palate from its hoppy middle palate. That's when the citrus, tropical and herbal qualities take center stage. Its fruit-forward taste is given a mild candied effect with intertwine of hop flavor and malt sweetness. But as the ale dives head on, it turns decidedly bitter with resinous pine, stemmy, sassafras, gin-like tones. But as the malt sweetness fades, the sharp and biting alcohol asserts its own bitterness and peppery qualities.
Medium-full on the palate, the ale is lifted and creamied up because of mild malt structures and embedded carbonation. But as the sweetness trails, the mild hop-derived astringency and prickly alcohols finish with warmth and bite.
My mind immediately goes to Palate Wrecker as the strong alcohols become part of its story; adding complexity, balance and challenge. I am however, pleased that the beer remains dry and hop-forward and doesn't become a sticky or boozy-sweet mess.
09-25-2013 16:54:04 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
12oz bottle from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 2.59. Bottled 8/21/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.
Pours a vibrant amber gold with about one full finger of sandy hued head. Decent retention and even some nice lace trails.
Smells super dank. Resinous hops, mild onion, garlic, some earthy pine and floral notes and a hint of caramel.
This one packs a bitter wallop. Dank garlic, resinous pine, onion, pepper, caramel, flower pedals and a nip of booze. Actually quite tasty though very bitter and it hides it's double digit alcohol content well.
Oily slick medium full body with moderate carbonation. Very long, quite bitter aftertaste.
This seems to be the liquid equivalent to chewing whole hops. Having tried that recently I can say this with some confidence. Not for the faint of heart this one will jump start your hop drive if you are a fan of bitter earthy hops. Quite good and I'll definately buy a four pack if I find one still around.
09-25-2013 05:10:17 | More by ThickNStout
4.23/5 rDev +7.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three inch cap that leaves lots of spotty lacing
Smell: Nothing but the hops - pink grapefruit and pine and floral/tropical tones
Taste: Big hop character with more tropical fruit than what I detected in the aroma; after the swallow, both the sugary malt and the high ABV make their presence felt; still, a lot of IBUs and a rather grassy finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: I was excited to try a new hoppy beer from Green Flash, particularly as this is super fresh, having just arrived in our market
09-25-2013 00:33:41 | More by brentk56
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a brilliant copper with a dense cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.
Grapefruit and dank hops form the initial aroma. Fresh cut grass, pine, and sweet caramel malt are accompanied by floral hop notes.
Fairly sweet in flavor, the underpinnings of muted grapefruit and soft fruity notes add contrast, carrying into a moderately bitter, dry finish. Notes of onion, reason, and pine emerge late.
Body is full and rich, with moderate carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.
On the sweet side, but the bittering hops don't overwhelm, which pleases me. The citrus notes were somewhat muted, which was a bit disappointing. Borderline cloying, so it's weighing heavy on my palate.
09-24-2013 00:59:50 | More by barczar
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass
A - Pours a nice clear gold, big 2.5 finger soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Aroma is outstanding, big grape presence, some orange zest, a little dank or pine, some sweet candies, a little lightly toasted malt.
T - Taste is sweet, but not overly so. Big juicy grape and grapefruit and pine up front, sweet malt in the middle, finishes dry and floral.
M - Big feel, but no burn, slightly chewy.
O - Outstanding Imperial IPA, lots of wonderful grapefruit, and grapejuice in the aroma and flavor.
09-23-2013 22:11:24 | More by Omnium
4.14/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured a darkish gold, cloudy, great carbonation leads to two finger head with lace patches on top of an intense hoppy aroma, some citric but a good deal of grapefruit and there is a good amount of sweet caramel as well. Don't know why but these are the type of hopped up (triple IPA, though? come on) beers that I like. Strong hop presence, a little chewey/bready, caramel malts add sweetness and there is balance in a medium-to-full bodied beer, and then there is a grapefruit presence that I really appreciate and love to have. Not a hop bomb or overly boozy or "palate wrecker" but a very enjoyable, dangerously easy to sip, high hoppy/boozy IPA that is top notch.
09-23-2013 21:06:01 | More by clayrock81
District of Columbia
4.01/5 rDev +2.3%
Served in a DC Brau tulip.
A: Poured a damn near crystal clear, bright orange color, with a whopping finger white head that died down to lots and lots of suds.
S: I got a huge grapefruit presence right off the bat. A bit of orange peel thrown in also. Very potent!
T: Not syrup or boozy like I thought it was going to be. I guess the obvious comparison would be to Founders "Devil Dancer." This is much, much better. Lots of citrus and remarkably formatted for the West Coast style IPA.
M: Pretty smooth for what it was. You definitely need to try to slow down with this one because it'll sneak up on you. Not sugary (like "Double Crooked Tree") in the least.
O: Leave it to Green Flash to make the best Triple IPA on the market.
09-23-2013 20:57:21 | More by Chaney
Green Bullet Triple IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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